California > Race to the End of Summer Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
San Jose, CA • Sunday, September 1, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 4th annual running as summer is transitioning to fall here at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay area -- and just its second with the half marathon distance -- San Jose's Race to the End of Summer Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners along a stretch of the Coyote Creek Trail, which winds along the creekside just to the southeast of San Jose's downtown.
Made up of mostly paved surfaces (and a brief stretch of gravel surface) for most of its nearly 19 miles, the Coyote Creek Trail stretches from the northern end of downtown all the way southward to Anderson Lake County Park, and connects a number of city and county parks along the way, with plenty of views of the creeks and streams along the trails.
Runners -- and walkers, as the race is open to both -- follow an out-and-back course for the half marathon that starts and finishes at the parking lot area on Embedded Way, which lies just off Hellyer Avenue and Coyote Road. From there, runners and walkers make what are basically two out-and-back runs, the first of which takes them southeast along the trail in the direction of Saint Teresa County Park, down to where the trail meets up with Forsum Road.
Once runners reach the first turnaround point, which lies between the 4th and 5th mile markers, they then turn around and retrace their steps along the route they've just run, heading back in reverse all the way nearly to the starting area. As they reach Silver Creek Valley Road, instead of turning right to go back to the start, runners instead remain on the trail and head toward the north, heading up towards Hellyer County Park.
Though not far off the trail there are both densely populated residential neighborhoods on one side and both industrial and commercial buildings on the other, along the trail the scenery remains tranquil and filled with trees, open parklands and the creek flowing by, as much of it is covered with tree canopy. After hitting the second turnaround, runners then head back along the trail, back toward the starting line on Embedded Road for the race finish.
Just over 430 runners crossed the finish line in both the 10K and the 5K combined at the race's 2010 running, which makes for friendly, smaller-sized race field. There is also very little elevation change to speak of anywhere along the race route, so runners can expect a largely fast and flat course.
Race Weather & Climate
Located about an hour's drive from San Francisco in Northern California, San Jose typically sees mild to moderately warm and occasionally hot weather in September, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 57°F and 82°F.
On the day of the race (Sept. 1), the average low is 58°F and the average high is 84°F, while wet weather is rare this time of year, as rainfall totals average just under a quarter of an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Race to the End of Summer Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon
7:50 AM - 10K
8:00 AM - 5K
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2013
$80 between August 1 - 28
$90 on the weekend of the race
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of San Jose's Race to the End of Summer Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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